Influenza viruses circulate widely in the United States usually beginning in late fall and continuing until early spring, although the onset, peak and season end cannot be predicted accurately. The severity of influenza illness depends on a number of factors related to both the host and to the virus.
Do you know when and to whom to give each influenza vaccine?
Dr. Meissner is professor of pediatrics at Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center. He also is an ex officio member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases and associate editor of the AAP Visual Red Book.
Additional review of this article was provided by Bruce Gellin, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director, National Vaccine Program Office, and Anne Schuchat, M.D., Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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H. Cody Meissner; Do you know when and to whom to give each influenza vaccine?. AAP News December 2014; 35 (12): 7. 10.1542/aapnews.20143512-7
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